Drying Out Buildings After Water Damage in Montana
Water damage is a serious matter when flooding occurs. This is especially true during winter, because cold weather can leave water within floors and walls to cause serious trouble later. Water disintegrates floorboards, rots out wood features and can short out electrical systems, causing fires and shock. Mold and mildew outbreaks are also common if the area is not dried thoroughly. Here are effective techniques used to dry out buildings and make them safe again after water damage in Montana:
• Provide air movement: Simply put, cold air needs to be replaced with hot air to maintain the indoor temperature needed to dry a building. This is often accomplished with heaters that blow the cold air out so the floors and other affected areas can dry. During the summer, adding heat is not as essential, but in winter, you are unlikely to have a dry home or business without it. Sometimes, contractors bring additional fans to assure better air movement that can dry your building quicker.
• Maintain ventilation: While heating with forced air is effective, it must also be used with caution. Heat can deteriorate the period features of older buildings, and even in the cold of winter, there must be good ventilation. Evaporation is still a fail-safe way to dry buildings, and maintaining ventilation controls humidity that cause additional damage to buildings. It is a careful balance between fresh air and heat to dry floors and walls without causing additional structural damage.
• Assure decontamination: If the flood was due to a sewer backup or other plumbing issue, there needs to be a hazardous waste cleanup first before drying starts. Even if the floodwaters came from a natural source, there is still a good chance that animal waste, sewage and other health hazards entered the premises. Never assume that you can start right away on drying your building. If there are odors, or if you believe sewage was involved with your flood, have a trained professional assess the biohazards first. Waste cannot only expose you to health impacts, but also slows down the drying process.
• Complete temporary repairs: There is likely damage to floorboards and walls. Also, in cases where water damage resides in attics, checking ceilings is also vital, since the water can cause them to give in one day and create a bigger disaster. Repairs made in order to facilitate drying and other restoration efforts are temporary. They are made to assure stability for a maximum of six months so you have time to arrange for more involved repairs. Do not believe that you can continue using temporary measures, or your next winter may be a rough one.
• Replace insulation: If your home has inexpensive fiberglass insulation, it will not retain water, but it will make drying more difficult. It is best to replace it so it does not harbor bacteria and other harmful elements in your building. While it cannot attract mold or parasites, it will slow down drying so those organisms can make an appearance and likely make you, your household members or workers sick.
If you suffered water damage in Montana, call Allied 24/7 Property Restoration today to start rehabilitating your home or business.